The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, September 30, 2013
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
Some residents have expressed concern about fees related to trailers that were included in personal property tax bills this year.
County Finance Director Vince Copenhaver said several calls have been received regarding the vehicle license fee for trailers. The bills were sent out last week.
"Apparently many folks were not aware that a decal for a trailer was previously required," he said. "Some citizens are thinking this is a new tax or fee for trailers."
But that is not the case, he said.
The county has in the past had two trailer decal charges, which were dependent on the gross weight of the trailer. Trailers over 4,000 pounds gross weight were charged $25 (same as a car), and trailers from 1,501 to 4,000 pounds gross weight were only charged $20, he said.
"While working through the process to implement the vehicle license fee (included with personal property tax bills rather than decals), the county felt that only one fee for trailers would be less confusing for taxpayers," he said. "There is now only one fee for all trailers over 1,500 pounds and that charge in normal years will be $20 ($8.50 prorated charge for 2013)."
The flat $20 fee for all weights does provide some relief for those taxpayers who own trailers over 4,000 pounds, he said.
Residents will no longer be required to purchase a decal in the spring of each year and any vehicle or trailer registered to them on Jan. 1 of each year will be included in personal property tax bills mailed out in the fall.